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    Rivonia's Children (Paperback) By (author) Glenn Frankel

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    DescriptionRivonia's children is the harrowing and inspiring account of a number of white Jewish activists who risked their lives to battle apartheid when South Africa plunged into an era of darkness in the 1960s from which it has only recently emerged. This is the story of Hilda and Rusty Bernstein, long-time Communists so committed to the cause that even the threat of life imprisonment did not stop them; of Ruth First, a fiery activist held for months without charge; and of AnnMarie Wolpe, an innocent bystander sucked into this conflict, who had to decide whether or not to risk her own freedom and the life of her sick infant by helping her activist husband escape from prison. It was at their underground headquarters in Rivonia, a Johannesburg suburb, that their dreams of revolution were shattered after a police raid in 1963. Nelson Mandela, Rusty Bernstein and eight of their comrades were tried for treason; the Rivonia incursion not only destroyed an old order of benign radicalism but also thrust radicals into a new, dangerous world of action. The regime turned a corner as well, plunging headlong into an era of grotesque oppression and brutality. A searing tale of soaring hopes and ideals betrayed, Rivonia's Children tells the gripping and extremely moving story of the impact of political activism on the lives of three families.


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    Title
    Rivonia's Children
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Glenn Frankel
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Weight: 620 g
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781431402205
    ISBN 10: 1431402206
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T18.3
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1HFMS
    BIC subject category V2: BT, JPW
    BISAC V2.8: POL043000, BIO000000
    Thema V1.0: JPW, DNX
    Publisher
    Jacana Media (Pty) Ltd
    Imprint name
    Jacana Media (Pty) Ltd
    Publication date
    17 June 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Johannesburg
    Author Information
    Glenn Frankel was the Washington Post's bureau chief in Southern Africa, Jerusalem and London, and winner of the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. He is Director of the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin in the USA.